Annabel Timan

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Annabel Timan

Annabel is a specialist criminal lawyer with particular expertise in international criminal and humanitarian law. She has experience advising a range of clients including government, the military, multinational business, and individuals. As well as international expertise, she has extensive domestic trial and appellant experience in serious and complex criminal cases including homicide and offences of serious violence, bribery and corruption and fraud.


From August 2016 – May 2017 Annabel coordinated an international criminal law reform project in Ukraine. Based full time in Kiev, Annabel managed a team of international and Ukrainian lawyers providing advice and training on cooperation with the International Criminal Court (in light of the court’s preliminary examination) and domestic prosecutions of war crimes arising out of the Russian occupation of Crimea and the ongoing armed conflict in the East of Ukraine. Key clients included the government of Ukraine, the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office and the State Security Services.


In 2015 – 2016 Annabel advised a French multi–national company engaged in global power and transport projects on its obligations under the UK Bribery Act. Based in the offices of the client in Paris, she managed a team tasked with conducting quasi internal investigations and drafting reports on the adequacy of the company’s ethics and compliance procedures. 



Seminars and Publications


  • Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court: International standards and Best Practices of War Crimes InvestigationsProvided to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Autonomous republic of Crimea, including investigators and prosecutors who are actively investigating war crimes committed during the ongoing occupation of Crimea
  • Investigating War Crimes: Population transfer and enforced disappearance – Training provided to Helsinki Union and the Regional Centre for Human Rights based in Kiev, Ukraine.
  • The International Criminal Court and its preliminary examination into Ukraine – Seminar provided to the National academy of Prosecutors of Ukraine
  • Virtual Courts, London Expo Law Conference 2015 – Panellist speaker on the use of virtual courts in criminal cases.
  • Amicus (Assisting Lawyers for Justice on Death Row) bi-annual death penalty training – Regularly deliver training on investigation in capital cases and in the process of jury selection in US capital murder trials.
  • Sexual Prevention Orders, Sentencing issues – Doughty Street Chambers, 2014
  • Appeals to the Supreme Court - Lexis Practice notes (contributing Author 2013)
  • Slavery – Westlaw Insight Articles (Contributing Author 2014)


Other significant international and domestic cases are set out below

International Advisory Work

ICC and International Humanitarian Law Reform Project, Ukraine, August 2016 – May 2017, Project Coordinator

Based in Kiev, Ukraine, Annabel managed a team of international and Ukrainian lawyers providing international humanitarian law advice and training to the Government of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Military, State Security Services, the Prosecutor General’s Office and Ukrainian NGOs. The project included advising the Chief Military Prosecutor’s Office and the Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea on the investigation and prosecution of war crimes arising out of the ongoing armed conflict with Russia as well as providing advice to members of parliament regarding the use of sanctions and communications to the ICC.

Bribery and Corruption, Paris, 2015 - Advised a French multi–national company engaged in global power and transport projects on its obligations under the UK Bribery Act. Based in the offices of the client in Paris, I managed a team tasked with conducting quasi internal investigations and drafting reports on the adequacy of the company’s ethics and compliance procedures.

Missouri death penalty project, April 2015 – Assisted in the Co-ordination of a project based in Missouri, USA, involving strategic litigation and issues relating to the arbitrary nature of the US death penalty system.

Independent counsel to the Constitution Commission of Fiji – Provided advice to the Constitution Commission and drafted Public Order legislation to ensure compliance with human rights (led by Kirsty Brimilow QC).

Dubai Public Prosecution v Hasnain Ali Hussain – Amicus Curiae brief submitted by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (Counsel of record, led by Tim Moloney QC).

Mike Smith v Dubai - Application to UN alleging arbitrary detention (Pro bono Counsel).

Domestic Crime


R v Alstom UK, Southwark Crown Court – Seconded to law firm defending Alstom UK, a multi- national company accused of bribery and corruption, to assist in defence case.

R v Laszlo GyramatiCentral Criminal Court – Defended a man charged with the murder of a young Hungarian woman whose body was discovered in a suitcase (led by Joel Bennathan QC).

R v Trey Foster, Inner London Crown Court – Defended a young man charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life (junior alone).

R v Ian McKensieKingston Crown Court – Defended a man charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent (Section 18) to his partner. The sole prosecution witness was the eight-year-old daughter of the defendant and victim. This case was part of the “Section 28” procedure pilot scheme at Kingston Crown Court. The scheme is currently being rolled out nationally as the standard advocacy approach to the handling of young and vulnerable witnesses.

R v Hassan – Defended a man accused of child cruelty. Case involved the cross examination of children between the ages of 9 and 14.

R v Bradley Garrett and Ors – Represented a university lecturer involved in “Urban Exploration”, the exploring and photographing of London’s underground spaces including disused underground stations (Led by Katy Thorne).



R v Gough (ongoing) – Representing Stephen Gough, the “naked rambler” in a challenge to the legality of an ASBO imposed on him to prevent him from appearing nude in public (led by Stephen Powles). This case has now been referred to the ECtHR.

R v Gough [2013] EWCA Crim 1418 – Represented the “naked rambler” on appeal against sentence for breach of an interim ASBO (junior alone, prosecuted by Treasury Counsel Duncan Penny and heard before Leveson LJ, president of the High Court Queens Bench Division).

Bauer v DPP [2013] 1 W.L.R 3617 – Represented protestors on appeal to the High Court on point of law concerning the remit of joint enterprise, Articles 10 and 11 ECHR and the interpretation of the law of Aggravated trespass (led by Richard Thomas).

R v Boakye and Ors [2012] EWCA Crim 838 – Represented 5 Applicants in test case on the new sentencing guidelines for drug mule importation offences (led by Edward Fitzgerald QC).

R v Bentall [2009] EWCA Crim 1730 – Represented prisoner in CCRC referral on a point of law concerning remand time and the setting of the minimum tariff in life sentences. Heard before the then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Judge (junior alone).

Courts Martial

R v Captain MACourt Martial Centre Germany – Secured acquittal of Captain accused of Assault by Penetration. The case involved issues of capacity to consent and applications under s41 YJCEA 1999.

R v Private FMCourt Martial Centre Germany – Secured acquittal of Private charged with the rape of an 18 year old soldier.

R v Sapper St Jean and Ors, Court Martial Centre Germany – Successful submission of no case to answer on charges of assault.

R v LCpl ClarkeCourt Martial Centre Colchester – Secured acquittal of young soldier charged with assault. Case involved an abuse of process argument regarding the destruction of CCTV evidence.

R v LCpl FisherCourt Martial Centre Portsmouth, Royal Navy – Represented LCpl accused of fraud. Case involved expert voice recognition evidence.

R v LCpl ShulzCourt Martial Centre, Bulford – Represented LCpl in the British Army who pleaded guilty to breaching standing military orders in Nairobi. Following a 2-day sentencing hearing the defendant was spared a prison sentence and permitted to retain his rank. The Co-defendant was sentenced to a term of imprisonment and discharged from the army.

Protest Cases

R v Chan and Ors, “The Iceland Skipping Case” – Acted for all three defendants facing prosecution under the 1824 Vagrancy Act for taking food from an Iceland skip. The case was dropped by the CPS four days before trial following mass media coverage.

R v PankhurstCamberwell Green Magistrates Court – Secured acquittal of man charged under the 1824 Vagrancy act for taking Costa Coffee from a skip.

The Antifascist 5Westminster Magistrates Court – Successfully represented one of five antifascist protestors charged with Public Order offences. Case collapsed following legal argument.

The Fortnum and Mason/ UK Uncut Protest – Junior counsel representing 22 protesters charged with offences arising out of the sit-in at Fortnum and Mason during the TUC march in 2012.


Instructed to represent requested persons under Part 1 and Part 2 of the UK Extradition Act:

Jason Holland v South Africa – Represented requested person wanted on a warrant for serious fraud in South Africa and facing a minimum term of 15 years imprisonment. Case involved an application to stay proceedings on the basis of an abuse of the UK courts processes by the South African authorities. After significant negotiation with the South African prosecutor and in co-ordination with the requested person’s South African lawyers, the client returned to South Africa voluntarily where he received a suspended sentence by agreement.

Kinga Trybulska v Poland – Successfully represented the sole carer of a 5 year old child whose extradition was sought by Poland for breach of a suspended sentence. The requested person was discharged at first instance.


Experience representing bereaved families in inquest proceedings, particularly, but not exclusively, cases arising out of deaths in custody.

Prison Law

Significant experience in representing prisoners at parole board hearings.


BA (Hons) English Language and Literature

First Class Honours

Sir Joseph Priestly Award 2007

[Inner Temple]



English – Native

French – Intermediate 


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